Category Archives: American Childishness

Peter Pan at War

There’s no need to discuss Ovid and Jung and the mythic archetype of the child-god who is forever young – or the old guy whose emotional life is that of an adolescent, who says it’s all about independence and freedom, … Continue reading

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The End-Times Down-Low Blues

Peter Pan said he never wanted to grow up, and pop psychology has identified that as the Peter Pan Syndrome – not listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and not recognized by the American Psychiatric Association … Continue reading

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Still Stuck in High School

Some things just somehow say it all. In the recent midterm elections, in Delaware, in the one Senate debate, Christine O’Donnell, pressed on a policy matter, and looking a bit panicked, as it was clear she had no answer to … Continue reading

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Oh, Grow Up!

Oh, grow up! It’s the universal insult. Parents use it when they’re fed up with the whiny kid. Adolescents use it on each other – as a way to say man, you just aren’t cool. Adults use it on each … Continue reading

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In Media Res

Being a teacher you get used to the whining from the kids. Yeah, yeah – this makes no sense and that is needlessly confusing, and why do I have to know this – it’s stupid – and life is not … Continue reading

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Make Mine a Cosmopolitan

Those of us out here who grew up in the fifties in Pittsburgh seldom think of going back – we all left for a reason. The world was elsewhere. One of the actors out here, who grew up in Pittsburg, … Continue reading

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Generalized Sullenness without Focus

You might remember Alfred Lord Tennyson imagining himself as an old and somewhat bored Ulysses – wondering what the hell he was supposed to do now, now that he has finally found his way home and dispatched the bad guys, … Continue reading

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